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Old 10-11-10, 07:58 AM   #1526
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You climbed for three hours and we get another picture of a bike in a parking lot! With a car in the shot! Haha.

I'd love to ride up one of those famous climbs. I know it's not easy.
The photo was taken on the summit but it was really foggy so you couldn't really see anything.
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Yeah, I see that.

Nice looking bike.

Very cool to see a picture of a hybrid that has just been ridden into the rarified air atop a classic alpine climb of the Tour de France, where I assume mostly only road bikes fear to tread.

Next time do it on a clear day and face the bike towards the camera!
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Old 10-12-10, 03:43 PM   #1528
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Newbie alert! I got this for fitness, and commuting, but I'm a bit of a speed freak, so it's a bit more aggressive than your "traditional" hybrid. Tweaked a few things to get it to where I want it... it's pretty fast.

My '10 7.3FX, slightly modified, in my slightly dark, and slightly disheveled spare room.


I got some crap from the roadies on another forum ("why upgrade a hybrid", haters), but I love it. For the curious, the modifications:
Bontrager Race X Lite flat bar and 7 degree rise stem
Mavic Aksium wheels with Bontrager R2 tires 700c X 25
Shimano clipless pedals
Bontrager Trip 3 computer

Background is my old Huffy mountain bike, soon to be my gf's.
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Old 10-12-10, 04:19 PM   #1529
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Nice bike...dump the kick stand.
You can most likey out ride most of the haters.
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I can't look at that picture.

Ride your bike to somewhere with a nice background and shoot it from the drive side.

Does your camera have automatic exposure? The picture is a very dark, hideous composition. I'm glad it's too dark to see a lot of the clutter. Why do you think we want to look at that? This is not the road forum.
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Old 10-12-10, 04:38 PM   #1531
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I can't look at that picture.

Ride your bike to somewhere with a nice background and shoot it from the drive side.

Does your camera have automatic exposure? The picture is a very dark, hideous composition. I'm glad it's too dark to see a lot of the clutter. Why do you think we want to look at that? This is not the road forum.
Thanks for the dbag comments, very helpful. Nice to see you're a "hybrid elitist" as well, I'll be sure to watch for your name in the future. Regardless of your shallow minded definition of what makes a hybrid a hybrid, it's still a hybrid in my eyes.

I will take a better pic outside when I can, but I don't typically ride with my camera, and the brighter more composed pic I took in a rush this morning ended up not being in focus. Figured dark is better than not focused.

Either way, who gives a crap about the composition? This isn't a photography forum.

If you were being sarcastic, I apologize. If not, the above stands.
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This thread is "Post a Picture of Your Hybrid" and you failed! Try again!
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Old 10-12-10, 05:16 PM   #1533
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This thread is "Post a Picture of Your Hybrid" and you failed! Try again!
Don't hate because you can't relate (keep up?)

Ok, when I first brought it home.



Rain?


Because I was bored:



And because carbon fiber is far cooler than thou:


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Thanks! I'm a touch paranoid about it hitting the pavement. Been considering removing it though...
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Something wrong with your camera. The pictures are too dark. I can't see your bike!
Take it outside. Walk the bike if you can't ride yet.

Shoot the drive side!
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I'm too busy riding it when I'm outside to stop for a photo shoot.
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Yeah right. You're a rider.
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Old 10-12-10, 05:36 PM   #1537
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Shocking, I know. I surprise myself every day when I get home from my rides. Even when I'm out on the bike, I sometimes wonder if I've been possessed or something. Just feels... off. But still, I keep on doing it, doing over 115 miles a week too! I'm thinking about going to the doctor soon, just to see if something's wrong with me...
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Old 10-12-10, 06:35 PM   #1538
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Something wrong with your camera. The pictures are too dark. I can't see your bike!
Take it outside. Walk the bike if you can't ride yet.

Shoot the drive side!
Those pics look fine to me, not at best but certainly acceptable.Joel, can you describe the different between those 2 handlebars?
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Old 10-13-10, 07:25 AM   #1539
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That is a great looking bike. Nevermiind the haters, they only belittle themselves. How much were the mavic wheels if you dont mind?
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Old 10-13-10, 07:53 AM   #1540
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Nice bike and nice mods.
Qmsdc15 is right about the pictures though ... the first picture you posted was very unclear and the rest was taken with flash and flash tends to make weird and unnatural looking photos.
It is also nicer if you take pictures fom the side the chain is on, thus making your drivetrain visible
As qmsdc15 said, go outside on a nice sunny day and take pictures with a beautiful background ... your bike deserves it
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Old 10-13-10, 08:28 AM   #1541
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Those pics look fine to me, not at best but certainly acceptable.Joel, can you describe the different between those 2 handlebars?
The Race X is a flat bar, so there's no rise, and it's carbon fiber so it's lighter and dampens vibrations a bit. The stocker is a Bontrager SSR and has a 25mm rise. I didn't want the rise, and got a heck of a deal on the X, the weight savings/damping properties was just a perk.

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That is a great looking bike. Nevermiind the haters, they only belittle themselves. How much were the mavic wheels if you dont mind?
Thanks! They were a little under $240 shipped to my door. Great price, and they made a noticeable difference in the ride.

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Nice bike and nice mods.
Qmsdc15 is right about the pictures though ... the first picture you posted was very unclear and the rest was taken with flash and flash tends to make weird and unnatural looking photos.
It is also nicer if you take pictures fom the side the chain is on, thus making your drivetrain visible
As qmsdc15 said, go outside on a nice sunny day and take pictures with a beautiful background ... your bike deserves it
Yea, I wrestled over uploading the first pic for a while because of the reasons yourself and qmsdc15 pointed out (and because that room is a mess in that pic), but it was all I had with the Mavics on it. I brought my camera with me today, so I'll see what I can do about getting a proper pic.
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Old 10-13-10, 08:38 AM   #1542
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Don't hate because you can't relate (keep up?)

Ok, when I first brought it home.

Rain?

What kind of fenders are those? I like em. I have Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrids and they are a PITA. I still haven't installed the rear because I need longer bolts (good luck finding a Home Depot or hardware store in South Korea).
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What kind of fenders are those? I like em. I have Planet Bike Hardcore Hybrids and they are a PITA. I still haven't installed the rear because I need longer bolts (good luck finding a Home Depot or hardware store in South Korea).
They're Bontrager Interchange Nebulas. They were quite a PITA to initially install because the instructions are just awful, and they didn't come with a key bolt, but they're "quick release" so once you get 'em installed, taking them off/putting them on only takes a minute. I can take pictures of the bits that stay on the bike if you want.
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Old 10-13-10, 11:48 AM   #1544
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Those pics look fine to me, not at best but certainly acceptable.Joel, can you describe the different between those 2 handlebars?
Turned up the lights a little...



I try and avoid direct sunlight if I am out shooting bikes and bright overcast days seem to be ideal if you want to get the best shots... my camera is decent but still does not work as well at night or indoors where there is no natural light.
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They're Bontrager Interchange Nebulas. They were quite a PITA to initially install because the instructions are just awful, and they didn't come with a key bolt, but they're "quick release" so once you get 'em installed, taking them off/putting them on only takes a minute. I can take pictures of the bits that stay on the bike if you want.
If you could that would be awesome. I am headed back to the states for 30 days next month and I might have the fenders shipped to me there so I can ship them back to Korea. Trek doesn't ship to an APO so they suck.
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Very nice bike!!
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If you could that would be awesome. I am headed back to the states for 30 days next month and I might have the fenders shipped to me there so I can ship them back to Korea. Trek doesn't ship to an APO so they suck.
No problem! I'm too noob to be able to send PMs, so below are the pics.

These "bulbs" anchor the arms in place. They screw into pre-drilled mounting points. I'm not sure exactly what bikes have the points, but most of Trek's FXs do, and I'm sure the rest of their hybrids and maybe some of their road bikes do. (Need to get that chain cleaned!)




This holds the top of the front fender in place. It didn't come with the proper bolt, so I cannibalized one from my old MTB. It's the same size as the bolt that holds the cable to the brake arms. If you don't have canti brakes, there's another piece that comes with the kit designed for that.


Finally, this is the only bolt you'll need to remove/replace. Holds the top of the rear fender in place. I think you can leave it, but I didn't want the hanger dangling off the back of the bike.


The rear fender also clips into a point where the kickstand bolts to the frame. Depending on the bike, you either push it down and pull the anchor up through the point, or you push it down through the point.

That's it! Hope this helps.

Terrierman, nice bike! Are those bar ends I see on there?
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Yeah, jammin' Jamis!

Congrats on the new ride, T-man! I can almost remember what you had before. A black bike, Cannondale or Specialized?

Sticking with your patented bar end placement I see! Nice Brooks and matching seat bag. Do you have two seat bags there?

I don't like the rack placement. Is it so high because of the disc brakes? There's not much room to strap stuff to the shelf and panniers will effect the handling less if mounted lower. Heel clearance might be improved also, if you use panniers, with a lower rack placement because it would sit further back as well. I'd get a rack that fits the bike better if it was my bike.

Sorry to nitpick, but the rest of it looks so well thought out, the rack not so much... One more thing I'm curious about, it looks like a long black pole attached to your handlebar or stem? What is that? A flashlight?
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Joel, your drivetrain is a little gritty but not too bad. Your bike looked too clean in the first set of pictures. A lot of people buy nice bikes, get enthused about the technology, make nice upgrades but don't actually ride much. I mistook you for one of those people, but the newer pictures show a bike that is ridden. Sorry for the prejudicial comments I made yesterday.

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